ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FILE FOR MEDIATION

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and received
via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
ALASKA AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FILE FOR MEDIATION 
Washington, DC - Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants, represented
by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today filed
for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB).  Today is
the one-year anniversary of the contract’s amendable date. 
“For the last three contracts, Flight Attendants responded to
management’s plea to keep costs low while the airline created a
winning strategy,” said Jeffrey Peterson, AFA president at
Alaska Airlines. “We partnered with them in good faith.  As a
result, we have fallen far behind our airline peers in
compensation in most pay steps and pay rules.” 
“Now, in part due to the Flight Attendants’ hard work, sacrifice
and dedication, Alaska Airlines is hugely profitable and
positioned to successfully navigate the future.  It is time for
the over 3,100 Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants to participate
in that success and be adequately compensated.  Management must
sit down with us and negotiate a contract that reflects the
award-winning Flight Attendants of this airline,” added
Peterson. 
Negotiations started in November 2011, and have been on-going
for the past 18 months.  Talks stalled over compensation as the
parties were exchanging comprehensive proposals. “Management’s
failure to effectively address past employee sacrifices and
essential compensation items that are at the heart of our
contract demands became roadblocks to progress,” stated
Peterson. 
“Our Flight Attendants want a contract.  Their contributions to
the success of this airline cannot be ignored,” said Peterson. 
Under the NMB guidelines, either party may request mediation. 
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest
Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant
issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight
Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for
Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in
the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight
Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working
conditions.  Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to
form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications
Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org. 
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586 
(sgp) NY 
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